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Office of Health Policy (HP)

The Office of Health Policy (HP) provides a cross-cutting policy perspective that bridges Departmental programs, public and private sector activities, and the research community, in order to develop, analyze, coordinate and provide leadership on health policy issues for the Secretary. HP carries out this mission by conducting policy, economic and budget analyses, assisting in the development and review of regulations, assisting in the development and formulation of budgets and legislation, assisting in survey design efforts, as well as conducting and coordinating research, evaluation, and information dissemination on issues relating to health policy.

HP is organized in four divisions that align with major Department programs :

Division of Health Care Financing Policy (HFP)
Division of Public Health Services (PHS)
Division of Health Care Access and Coverage (HAC)
Division of Health Care Quality and Outcomes (HQO)

Health Policy Research:

  • Reports to Congress
  • Affordable Care Act Research & Issue Briefs
  • HP Authored or Sponsored Work Published in Journals

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Information Needs Associated with the Changing Organization and Delivery of Health Care: Summary of Perceptions, Activities, Key Gaps, and Priorities

April 29, 1997
This report summarizes the insights and conclusions drawn from a project to asses unmet needs for supply-side information on the health system. The project focused on identifying how information needs associated with a changing health care system are perceived by providers, insurers, purchasers, consumers, and government at various levels. The project is intended to help the HHS Data Council.

Establishing an Analytical Framework for Measuring the Role of Reinsurance in the Health Insurance Market

March 19, 1997
This is a limited analytic study of the role of reinsurance (and similar coverages) in three insurance markets: primary health insurance coverage offered by indemnity insurance companies; health insurance coverage offered by health maintenance organizations; and health benefits coverage offered by employer-sponsored self-insured plans.

Health Insurance in 1994 from the Current Population Survey: Measurement Difficulties

October 31, 1996
(ASPE Research Notes, Volume 15) [5 PDF pages]

March 1993 Current Population Survey Re-Benchmarked on 1990 Census

February 28, 1995
The statistical procedure of "re-benchmarking" the March 1993 Current Population Survey on the 1990 Census instead of the 1980 Census of the Population resulted in increased estimates of the number of both insured and uninsured persons. The total population increased by 2.6 million (about 1%).

March 1992 Current Population Survey Shows Health Insurance Coverage Up to 1991: Number of Medicaid Recipients Also Rises

January 31, 1993
The number of persons with health insurance coverage kept pace with the growth of the population between 1990 and 1991--with approximately 86% of the population insured. The most important new information regarding health insurance in the 1992 CPS is that the number of persons helped by the Medicaid program during the year rose by 2.6 million or 11% to almost 27 million in 1991.

Number of Medicaid Recipients Up: CPS Shows the Number of Uninsured Also Rises

March 31, 1992
The number of persons with no health insurance coverage rose by 4% between 1989 and 1990, while the number with insurance rose less than 1%. The increase in insurance coverage was due primarily to increases in Medicaid coverage for children under 15.